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Artist in Residence Program

Artist in Residence

The City of Waterloo is pleased to announce Denise St Marie and Timothy Walker of St Marie φ Walker as the 2018 Artist in Residence. This year's residency will take place in Waterloo Park to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the park. The Artist in Residence program animates public spaces and explores community stories by providing opportunities for the public to work with local artists in the creation of a community art project.

Their project, Prose in the Park, will launch on June 13 from 3 - 8 p.m. at the harvest tables in Waterloo Park (located beside the Skate Park on Father David Bauer Drive). Hands-on workshops, word walks, storytelling activities, word treasure hunts, and activities will take place throughout the summer in different locations in the park from June to September. The residency will conclude at the city's newest festival, Lumen, on September 29.

Schedule of Activities 

Date

Title

Time

Location

Description

June 13

Making Markers and Refocusing Meaning

3 - 8 p.m.

Harvest Tables

(on Father David Bauer Dr.)

The Artists in Residence will ask participants to refocus or reframe their thinking about the park through a structured exploration activity within a preset area of the park. The

group will reconvene to create prototype flag concepts that utilize one word poetry or words as gestures/ symbols.

June 23

Honouring National Indigenous Peoples Day

12 - 6 p.m.

Picnic Area across from Cricket Pitch

The Artists in Residence will have an activity that revolves around 'words that unite' as paying homage to the relevance of the moment and the day.

June 26

Word Walk along the trails

10 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2 p.m.

West Gazebo overlooking the Bandshell

The Artists in Residence will take participants on a structured "word walk" that runs through the basics of writing reflective aphorisms. The word walk looks to combine activity and prose with a variety of themes so as to guide people through the process with ease.

July 1

Weaving Words Together

10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

TBD

The Artists in Residence will invite park goers to drop in as they construct a temporary sculpture by weaving a poetic aphorism into the fencing during Canada Day.

July 14

Collaborative Poem

12 - 6 p.m.

West Gazebo overlooking the Bandshell

The Artists in Residence will begin a poem that will be completed by park goers. People will be encouraged to add the next word to the poem and pass it on for the next person to contribute. The final poem will be the result of a collective effort that was directed by no one.

July 21

Words on the Water

12 p.m., 2 p.m., and  4 p.m.

TBD

The Artists in Residence will workshop the dynamics of free-writing. Park participants will structure their theme on water and what the ecology of water in our natural environment means to us. This will be used to create paper boat sculptures that people can float down the stream leading to Silver Lake. The boats will be fastened using twine and grommets so they can be retrieved afterwards.

July 23

Artists in Residence at the WPL Library Picnic

12 - 6 p.m.

Harvest Tables

(on Father David Bauer Dr.)

 

August 3

Stringing Words into a Story Sculpture

12 - 6 p.m.

East Gazebo by the splash pad

The Artists in Residence will workshop the dynamics of free-writing and storytelling as a method of creation. Park participants will structure their theme of reflection on the natural social space of the park. The Artists will then bring long material to create a temporary sculpture.

August 11

Words in the Wind - Kite Making

12 p.m., 2 p.m., and  4 p.m.

Bandshell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Artists in Residence will have a kite making experience for participating visitors of the park. The activity will take visitors through the experience of making their own kite from a template while adding a single letter/word. Participants will then be encouraged to fly their kites and attempt to cooperatively spell a word/phrase in the sky, if only for a moment.

August 12

Hunting for More Meaning

10 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2 p.m.

Bandshell

The Artists in Residence will hide a variety of oversized words and phrases around the park and provide clues (much like a treasure hunt). Park goers will be encouraged to continue searching until all the words are found and then they can add to an ongoing and rearrangeable text artwork that is fluid and interchanging depending on participants.

August 19

Waterloo Park Celebration

TBD

TBD

The Artists in Residence will encourage participants to create "Lyrical Lids" using precut shapes, park-related foliage illustrations and poetic quotes. Park goers construct their own creative hat in a workshop that commemorates Waterloo Park's anniversary.

August 29

Word Walk along the Trails

1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Harvest Tables

(on Father David Bauer Dr.)

The Artists in Residence will take participants on a structured "word walk" that runs through the basics of writing reflective aphorisms. The word walk looks to combine activity and prose with a variety of themes so as to guide people through the process with ease.

September 15

Words in the Wind - Kite Making

12 p.m., 2 p.m., and  4 p.m.

Bandshell

The Artists in Residence will have a kite making experience for participating visitors of the park. The activity will take visitors through the experience of making their own kite from a template while adding a single letter/word. Participants will then be encouraged to fly their kites and attempt to cooperatively spell a word/phrase in the sky, if only for a moment.

September 16

Words in the Wind - Kite Making

12 p.m., 2 p.m., and  4 p.m.

Bandshell

The Artists in Residence will have a kite making experience for participating visitors of the park. The activity will take visitors through the experience of making their own kite from a template while adding a single letter/word. Participants will then be encouraged to fly their kites and attempt to cooperatively spell a word/phrase in the sky, if only for a moment.

September 29

Lumen

6 - 11 p.m.

TBD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the Artists 

Denise St Marie and Timothy Walker are collaborative artists who create experiences that explore themes of shared spaces, perception, value, language, dialogue and social relations. They have done numerous outdoor interventions both nationally and internationally. Their work has been shown in various galleries and exhibitions including Nuit Blanche Toronto, Art Gallery of Windsor, Art Gallery of Waterloo, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Latcham Art Gallery, and Art Souterrain in Montreal, Malaspina Printmakers Gallery in Vancouver and will be participating in CAFKA.18.

St Marie attained a BFA from the University of Victoria, while Walker received a BA in Philosophy from the University of Toronto. They both completed their MFAs at the University of Waterloo where St Marie received a SSHRC grant for her studies into the nature of value and the dynamics of currency. In 2018 St Marie φ Walker will be jointly-awarded the Governor General's Academic Gold Medal for their research and exhibition.

 

About the Program

The City of Waterloo Artist in Residence program is an initiative of the culture plan. The program offers on-going opportunities for artists to partner with the City of Waterloo to deliver dynamic community arts to citizens of all ages, abilities, and experience with the arts. 

The 2018 Artist in Residence program will be hosted in Waterloo Park to celebrate the 125 anniversary of the park. As always, the program will run from June to September and will close on Culture Days weekend. 

All questions about the program can be directed to Sonya Poweska at sonya.poweska@waterloo.ca